Search for missing BASE jumper ends after body found in Canmore area: RCMP

Ha Ling Peak map. Alberta Parks

Family members have identified a BASE jumper who died Saturday night as Cameron Minni, 34.

Family said Minni was experienced and well-known in the BASE jumping community, with previous jumps from Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Tower and mountains in Switzerland.

The man was reported missing Saturday night after failing to return from a BASE jump near Canmore.

PHOTO BELOW: Base jumpers (from L-R) Cameron Minni of Canada, Matthew Blanke of the U.S. and Lawrence Jones of Australia pose for pictures clad in respective comic superhero costumes Hulk, Spiderman, and Captain America before leaping from the 300-metre high open deck of Malaysia’s landmark Kuala Lumpur Tower during the International Tower Jump in Kuala Lumpur on Oct. 2, 2015.

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“It was reported to the RCMP that a man had been planning a ‘BASE jump’ in the vicinity of Ha Ling Peak or the East End of Rundle Mountain earlier Saturday afternoon,” Canmore RCMP said in a statement Monday.

Search and rescue crews looked for the man Saturday night and resumed their efforts Monday.

At around 3 p.m. Monday, two people were dropped in to Miner’s Gully east of Ha Ling Peak and a short time later a body was flown off of the mountain.

In a release Monday afternoon, RCMP confirmed that the man they found was the missing 34-year-old Calgary man.

BASE jumping is when a person jumps from a fixed structure or cliff using a parachute or wingsuit. It’s considered more dangerous than skydiving due to the relatively low altitude of the jumps.

With files from Tracy Nagai and Denis Ram

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